31st March 2015
An independent examination of a garda review into the death of a priest in Offaly 30 years ago has found that a further inquiry is not warranted.
Father Niall Molloy was found dead in the Clara home of Richard and Theresa Flynn in July 1985 – Richard Flynn was subsequently acquitted of manslaughter.
Following newspaper claims that the crime was not thoroughly investigated, the Garda’s Serious Crime Review Team reviewed the case, and a file was sent to the DPP, but the office directed no prosecutions.
Following continued concerns expressed by Mr Molloy’s family, the Government tasked Senior Counsel Dominic McGinn with reviewing the latest Garda investigation.
The Minister for Justice today published that report which recommends that a further inquiry is not warranted.
In a statement, Frances Fitzgerald said she acknowledges the tragic death of Father Niall Molloy, but said it is not always possible to find answers for families whose loved ones die in violent circumstances.